Sumary of Boris Johnson accused of orchestrating Greensill ‘cover-up’:
- Boris Johnson has been accused of orchestrating a cover-up over the Greensill lobbying scandal after an official review issued a mild rebuke of former prime minister David Cameron while criticising a deceased senior civil servant.
- The report drawn up by City solicitor Nigel Boardman also praised lobbying as part of a functioning democracy after admitting that the businessman Lex Greensill was given “extraordinarily privileged” access to Downing Street.
- However, Cameron and the late cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood were criticised in the 141-page review.
- Cameron “understated” the nature of his relationship with Greensill when lobbying officials and “could have been clearer” about his work for the the Australian financier, the report said.
- Set up by the Australian financier Lex Greensill, the firm specialises in supply-chain finance, which settles business bills immediately for a fee, assisting with the issue of late payments.
- Cameron was prime minister when Greensill started to seek government work, although the Australian was reportedly first brought in by Jeremy Heywood, who was cabinet secretary at the time.
- But in 2016, after leaving office, Cameron became an adviser to Greensill Capital.
- He was given share options reportedly worth tens of millions of pounds.